Archive | March, 2013

Eilen Jewell visits the UK on her world tour.

30 Mar

Eilen Jewell is the Queen of the Minor Key. Sad songs are her wealth and finery. Lend her your ears, and you will quickly hear why her humble subjects admire and adore her more with each passing year.

This statement certainly holds true with me since I believe the music that Eilen Jewell brings in to existence, captures the kind of magic every modern roots/country musician wishes to create when writing.

Eilen is currently on a world tour and will be playing two UK shows next week.

4/04/13 The Bullingdon Oxford

5/4/13 The Bush Hall London

I’ll keep this short and sweet for now, You can check out more of her world tour dates here and expect a gushing review of her live performance from me soon. In the meantime go check out her tunes.

Song of the week

25 Mar

Katie Dalton – Katie Cruelimage

I’ve decided to spend a little less time bringing you songs everyday and try it weekly instead so that I have more time to write about other suitably brilliant things as well as work on running more events where you can come and hear our most delightful discoveries and witness our favourite musicians play live.

Twenty years ago Karen Dalton, a  Cherokee folk singer, well known on New York’s Greenwich Village folk scene in the 60s sadly passed away aged 55 after contracting AIDS relating to a long battle with drugs and alcohol. Born in Oaklahoma in 1937, married and divorced twice with two children by the age of 22, Karen started playing on the folk scene playing with the likes of Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, Dino Valenti and Bob Dylan. Karen has been describe by Bob Dylan as the Billy Holiday of folk and her voice said to have had rust in it before it ever found silver, I really don’t think I could put it better since she was never hugely successful commercially and some of her recordings were not release or were re-issued some years after her death.   

I was listening to my itunes library on random the other day and this little gem came on. The combination of Karen’s Voice and banjo playing along with the violin is enough to make any grown man feel the desire to weep! I wasn’t so familiar with Karen so I did a bit of research and digging and played some more of her music. If you like this track I highly recommend you do the same. What struck me most was how pained such a beautiful and gifted woman’s voice could be and how is has haunted me since hearing it. That and her life story, The pain was certainly real. Someone should make a film!

Sand In My Shoes. By Inigo Ugarteburu (TSS002 Mixtape)

17 Mar

Inigo Ugarteburu of Secret Showcase Presents mixtape fame has today delivered another fine collection of music for you to all enjoy. After rooting through his treasure trove of records for us, his theme and inspiration this month is Soul. Click the picture or link below to be redirected to our Mixcloud page and listen. Enjoy…


The Big Pancake Party 2013.

17 Mar

A month ago, The Secret Showcase Presents hosted it’s annual pancake party in aid of The Big Issue Foundation. I would again like to thank everyone who was involved in making this event possible and to all you kind music and food loving folk who came down and gave generously to the Foundation. We raised £180 which will go towards developing schemes and organising more events to help raise more money and awareness for the homeless.

There are a few people in particular that I would like to say a special big thank you too.

Benn Gunn and his papa Gaz, Burning Condors and CC Smugglers who all played great sets and donated CD’s and Vinyl as a prize for the Raffle.

The Big Issue Foundation Team Amy Howell, Moira Hornik, Patricia Wynne, Graham Booth and Stephen Robertson who organised and cooked the best pancakes in London Town and Ravinder – Sainsburys Local in Vauxhall who generously donated the ingredients for the pancakes and choice of fillings.

My friends Tristan Foster-Young who helped to collect donations at the door, Isobel Brierley, Chanelle Harrington (for photos too), Llao and Sebastian who helped set up (and pack away) and make the place look even more beautiful that it was, Will Boyd who also took some blinding snaps from the night and my sister Stef and her friend Adela for making sure I got home OK after an innocent mishap with the cash machine. It gets confusing now that everything has a pin number.

I would also like to say thank you to The Macbeth and all their wonderful staff for having us and supporting the cause.

It was a while since the last Secret Showcase event and it was really lovely to see so many people that I haven’t seen for what felt like an age. This may have been one of the reasons why I was a little worse for wear come the end of the night, It would have been rude of me to say no to a drink from old friends, besides the Macbeth agreed to donate a % of the takings for the cause. All the more reason to drink and be merry I thought. So Thank you all for your continued support, It means so much to me and the Big Issue Foundation that you all came. The night couldn’t have happened without you. Until the next time, Thanks again, see you all soon.

Photos courtesy of Chanelle Harrington and Will Boyd. To see more pictures Visit us on Facebook and hit like.625661_10152591350050114_1763762246_n




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We love Peppermint Candy on Jazz.FM…With ‘The Broken Hearts’.

14 Mar

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A friend told me a while back now about ‘The Broken Hearts’ and their radio show ‘Peppermint Candy’ on Jazz.FM. Quite often I get told about stuff and it takes me an while to check it out. Often is the case, such as this one, I’ll stumble upon it and remember who it was who told me in the first place and then quietly think to myself, I must remember to listen to that person more.

So on a Saturday night in (and It can be so nice to stay in sometimes can’t it?) whilst cooking, I turned the kitchen radio on, It was tuned in to, a station my house mate regularly listens to as Jazz helps her concentrate when she works. Now I like Jazz but some of the shows I’ve heard while my housemate has been hard at work (without wanting to offend any Jazz Purists who may be reading) have just been a bit too stuffy for my liking, I guess dinner Jazz just ain’t my thing. But this program that I had happened to tune in to was brilliant. It was not at all stuffy, It was fun, informative, educational, it mixed different sub-genres and was not afraid to deviate from any kind of standard genre policy that some stations might have. For me the show’s music selection alone blew away the stereotypical typecast I had placed upon the station. Perhaps I should stay in more often and listen to radio!

Most interestingly the show is hosted by two swing loving, vintage adorning, modern day pin up girls. DJs Nisha and Amber aka ‘The Broken Hearts’ Have been very busy the last few years simply doing what they really love and building themselves quite a reputation along the way. Not only do these Ladies have an ear for a great tune, creating soundtracks and compiling compilations and play-lists for clients, but they have a wonderful flare in creative direction for events (Check out the ‘Creative Circle Awards’ that they designed) and also a great sense for vintage and fashion, having worked at Beyond Retro, collaborated with Beyond The Valley, Paperself and knitwear label Electronic Sheep. You can check out some of there beautiful designed and creations here.

As busy as the girls like to keep themselves Nisha and Amber were happy to take some timeout to do an interview as well as suggest a play-list for the Secret Showcase Presents…

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You can catch the ‘Peppermint Candy’ show on Jazz FM. See here for more details. Enjoy…

1) Can you tell us about your inspiration and journeys to how you found yourselves doing what you do?

We met because we both used to work for Beyond Retro (the biggest vintage store in London) – Nisha was head of press and Amber was the buyer, so we ended up spending a lot of time together through that. We realised we had a lot in common and started DJing together about 5 years ago. A lot of our friends were DJing and putting on club nights, but it was all very testosterone-fuelled – they were all male models/DJs and would take their tops off as soon as they started playing! Very Zoolander. We thought we could play better music so we decided to give it a go!

2) You keep yourselves very busy with various projects but which means the most to you and why?

We’ve done loads of different projects, from creating sound tracks for silent films to designing clothes inspired by sideshows, making films about the history of the circus, concocting Halloween-themed Afternoon Teas and making our own music video where we starred as Vaudevillian magicians. We’ve even been Hula Hoop assistants! But our radio show (Peppermint Candy on Jazz FM) is probably the one that’s closest to our hearts as we get to research subjects that interest us and share music that we love with a wider audience.

3) Can you tell me how personal and important your own branding has been in order to tie all your projects together?

Our branding has definitely been really important to us. Our logo and website were designed by the brilliant illustrator Rob Flowers, and we tend to carry the theme through to all aspects of what we do; for example we tend to wear mainly red, black and white. Our matching “heart” haircuts are also part of our branding. They’re quite high maintenance though! We get our fringes trimmed once a month at Sassoon Salons.

4) Do you think that specialist/genre specific radio is something that could see a resurgence now that audio is more readily accessible to the masses and what effect do you think this will have on tastemakers/presenters?

It would be great if genre specific radio had a resurgence. Having a specialist radio show has been fantastic for us, as we have complete control over what tracks we play and the content we feature. We’re lucky that Jazz FM give us that freedom, but it definitely works for them too, as they get a show which is pretty unique and attracts a specific audience to the station. And hopefully our listeners appreciate it too!

5) You are both extremely positive role models for young girls who have a passion for music and fashion. What advice would you give to someone who is looking to pursue a similar career?

Thank you! That’s very nice to hear! Our advice is always to stick to what really appeals to you. Don’t try to adapt to fit in with trends as people can usually tell if your heart isn’t in something. And be open to as many different projects as possible. It’s great to be able to work across a range of disciplines if you get the chance – It keeps life varied, which is always good!

Thank you Nisha and Amber. With love TSSP.

Broken Hearts Playlist:
  1. Pata Pata – Miriam Makeba
  2. Doin’ the Jive – Glenn Miller
  3. Harlem Joys – Willie the Lion Smith
  4. Let’s Talk Dirty In Hawaiian – Shorty Long
  5. Jump in the Line – Harry Belafonte
  6. Jaan Pehechaan Ho – Mohammed Rafi
  7. Egyptian Shumba – The Tammys
  8. Avante Me Fante – Mahala Raï Banda
  9. La La La – Snoop Lion
  10. Mundian To Bach Ke – Panjabi MC

Song of the day

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Buddy Stay Off  That Wine – Betty Hall Jones 1949


Song of the day

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I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water – Cats and The Fiddle 1946


Song of the day

7 Mar

Dripper’s Boogie – Joe Liggins 1946


Song of the day

6 Mar

Hush Your mouth – Joe Houston 1961


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5 Mar

I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Any More – Two Gospel Keys ????


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